What Keeps You Up at Night?

So I’ve posted a poll in the sidebar – If you’re a writer, I want to know what worries you the most about the business of trying to be published. I’ll leave the poll open until 7/1.

There’s so much information thrown at us about what to do or what not to do that it’s hard to track it all. And even harder to keep it all straight.

What do you feel the least comfortable with? Or feel like you might want some more help with? What isn’t talked about that you wish was addressed more?

What are your burning questions or concerns?

I know these are all going to be different answers based on where you are in your quest to be published (or if you’re even interested in that), so feel free to chime in using the comments – I’m sure I’ve missed some important options!

Looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say!

photo credit: helgasms!’s


  1. I voted for Query letters. I am definitely not comfortable writing them!

  2. For me, it's marketing. It's a delicate balance to not have it take over your life.

  3. Definitely revision/editing. Before that I have permission to suck at every word I write. But when I'm revising I have to make it GOOD. *shudder*

  4. I think right now I'm torn between the editing/revising and the marketing/branding. I don't have anything to market yet, but I figure it can't hurt to start early 🙂

  5. I agree with Shannon. Absolutely. But once I ever get past this revision stage and actually have something good enough to query, maybe I'll start freaking out about queries and marketing!

  6. I think the "writing the story" is the most stressfull thing, but with regards to the publishing industry, in particular, I worry that I'll write my best story and people will hate it!

  7. I'll vote for query letters. It's such a small window of opportunity that so much rides on, that it seems crucial to get it just right.

  8. Hello! I have voted for two things – writing and revising. I think everything else can happen in time 'as long as you have written the best book you possibly can'. So for me I think the main thing that will keep me awake is always thinking of the story, and whether it is any good!

  9. I gave you an award on my blog, btw!

  10. Thanks for all the great comments! It's really interesting to see how evenly split everyone is!

  11. Aww – Thanks for the award Lydia!!!

  12. Hmm…I think my burning questions right now are centered around marketing–how much or how little–does it really make a difference?